Meeks, Patterson duo could help recruiting

Successful recruiters use every tool possible to sell their program. That's why even though Kentucky coaches stress UK's basketball tradition, facilities and fan base, it has helped coach Billy Gillispie and his staff to point to the success Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks have had.

Successful recruiters use every tool possible to sell their program. That's why even though Kentucky coaches stress UK's basketball tradition, facilities and fan base, it has helped coach Billy Gillispie and his staff to point to the success Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks have had.

Assistant coach Glynn Cyprien says Patterson has been "the face of the program" the last two years.

"We use him a ton in recruiting for his decision to come to Kentucky and the impact it has had on our program and the impact it will have on the rest of his life. He is worthy of being the face of the program. Every opportunity I get, I use him because he is kind of a household name, so why not use it."

Meeks is becoming the same way because of his prolific scoring.

"Jodie's game at Tennessee did wonders. People can identify with him and say they saw the game and Jodie was unbelievable and you guys are playing great," Cyprien said. "It is great for recruiting. Just getting the national coverage that game did for him was tremendous for us. That has really helped. We got so many calls and text messages. Kids call and talk about our style of play. Coaches call and talk about the freedom coach Gillispie gives guys when they get it going. It's huge for our recruiting."

Cyprien says there were unknowns about Kentucky's style of play a year ago, especially after the Cats got off a horrid start in November and December. Those perceptions have now changed.

"It was a kind of wait and see approach from a lot of high school coaches and recruits last year to see what impact coach Gillispie had on the program," Cyprien said. "When you have a new staff, they take a wait and see approach. It happened last year, and I understand why coaches and recruits were that way.

"But the way we finished the conference season and got the team energized and got them going and playing well, people noticed that. That really helped us in the summer and fall when it came to recruiting. People can identify with what we have done now.

"There's no question we are better received now because people know what we are trying to do. That is the main thing. What we do offensively and defensively and our work habits. They all know what they are now, and it has been great. It has really helped in all of our recruiting."

Assistant coach Glynn Cyprien says Patterson has been "the face of the program" the last two years.

"We use him a ton in recruiting for his decision to come to Kentucky and the impact it has had on our program and the impact it will have on the rest of his life. He is worthy of being the face of the program. Every opportunity I get, I use him because he is kind of a household name, so why not use it."

Meeks is becoming the same way because of his prolific scoring.

"Jodie's game at Tennessee did wonders. People can identify with him and say they saw the game and Jodie was unbelievable and you guys are playing great," Cyprien said. "It is great for recruiting. Just getting the national coverage that game did for him was tremendous for us. That has really helped. We got so many calls and text messages. Kids call and talk about our style of play. Coaches call and talk about the freedom coach Gillispie gives guys when they get it going. It's huge for our recruiting."

Cyprien says there were unknowns about Kentucky's style of play a year ago, especially after the Cats got off a horrid start in November and December. Those perceptions have now changed.

"It was a kind of wait and see approach from a lot of high school coaches and recruits last year to see what impact coach Gillispie had on the program," Cyprien said. "When you have a new staff, they take a wait and see approach. It happened last year, and I understand why coaches and recruits were that way.

"But the way we finished the conference season and got the team energized and got them going and playing well, people noticed that. That really helped us in the summer and fall when it came to recruiting. People can identify with what we have done now.

"There's no question we are better received now because people know what we are trying to do. That is the main thing. What we do offensively and defensively and our work habits. They all know what they are now, and it has been great. It has really helped in all of our recruiting."


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